RCSLT member benefits
What we offer
Full RCSLT membership comes with many other benefits:
- Professional indemnity insurance – protecting you against the impact of work-related litigation
- Bulletin magazine, with the latest speech and language therapy news, features and job opportunities
- Access to your online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) diary to help you prepare and organise evidence of your CPD activity
- Online access to over 1,700 journal titles through our research centre, including access to the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders
- Member-only area of the website
- Discounts on events, including a range of CPD opportunities such as webinars, elearning and other resources
- Access to RCSLT grants to support CPD and research
Your membership fees contribute to the development of the latest professional and clinical guidelines. They also help to pay for many activities that strengthen speech and language therapy through engagement with the RCSLT’s key stakeholders.
RCSLT members contribute to, and benefit from, the development of the speech and language therapy profession in the UK.
Membership of the RCSLT offers excellent value for money and provides high-quality support for your practice.
Membership application forms
Changes due to the COVID-19 outbreak
The membership team will have limited access to mail sent to RCSLT head office in White Hart Yard, London.
Please email all application forms to firstname.lastname@example.org for processing. Scanned application forms and clear photos of the application form will be accepted.
To apply for RCSLT membership, or change your details, please download the relevant form:
- Become a member (PDF)
- Become a student member (PDF)
- Become a newly-qualified member (PDF)
- Overseas trained (Non-MRA) (PDF)
- Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) application (PDF)
- Change of category/personal details (PDF)
- Membership declarations (PDF)
- Payment form (PDF)
If you are unsure of which membership category to apply for, please contact us.
If you need to change your personal details or your membership category, please download the change of details form (PDF) and return it to the RCSLT membership team.
All registered allied health professionals are required to hold appropriate professional indemnity (PI) insurance to practice, as a condition of their registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
It is essential that you have adequate insurance cover in place should you find yourself facing legal action. Failure to have PI insurance in place may result in being removed from the register and being unable to practice.
One of the benefits of being an RCSLT member is that your annual membership includes PI/medical malpractice cover. This is part of the insurance provision under the RCSLT’s group policies.
Which is the right category for you?
- Certified: I qualified as SLT in the UK and studied an RCSLT accredited degree. I am registered with the HCPC and successfully completed my NQP framework. You can also join the Certified category if you meet the MRA eligibility criteria.
- Non-Practising: I was previously a Certified member and I am currently on a career break or maternity leave.
- Newly Qualified Practising: I am a new SLT graduate and have studied an RCSLT accredited degree. I am registered with the HCPC and working towards completing my NQP framework.
- Newly Qualified Non-Practising: I am a new SLT graduate and have studied an RCSLT accredited degree. I am currently not practising and not registered with the HCPC. However, you can be registered with the HCPC but join the NQP-Non Practising category if you are not practising.
- Returner: I have previously completed an RCSLT accredited degree and been either a Certified or NQP member before. I have been away from the profession and not currently registered with the HCPC. I am now completing my Returning to Practise programme to register with the HCPC. NQP members who did not complete their framework before they left the profession, will need to complete it once they are registered with the HCPC and start practising.
- Retired: Previously a Certified or Non-Practising member and I have now retired and no longer work as a speech and language therapist.
- Student: I am currently studying an RCSLT accredited degree in the UK.
- Assistant: I am working as a speech and language therapy assistant in the UK.
- Overseas Qualified Practising: I qualified as SLT abroad and do not meet the MRA eligibility criteria. I am registered with the HCPC and are working towards completing my OQP framework.
- Overseas Qualified Non-Practising: I qualified as SLT abroad and I am not currently practising as SLT in the UK.
- International Affiliate: I qualified as SLT in the UK or aboard and I am currently residing and practising outside the UK. HCPC registration is not a requirement for this category.
You can also join the International Affiliate category if you qualified in the UK or abroad and reside outside of the UK and do not practise but wish to be a member.
If you have an interest in speech and language therapy, you can join the Individual or Corporate subscriber category to subscribe to the RCSLT’s Bulletin magazine.
Membership renewal for 2021/22
To prevent delays in your payment being processed and to ensure your membership is renewed, please email membership renewal payment forms to email@example.com. Do not post them.
This includes members who usually pay by credit/debit card or cheque.
You can also pay your 2021/22 membership fee over the phone by calling 020 7378 3011.
If you pay your membership renewal by direct debit, you do not have to email a copy of the membership renewal form. Your membership will renew automatically.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have posted your payment form or cheque and are unsure whether your payment has been processed.
For any other queries during this challenging time, please contact us.
|Membership category||Designatory letters||Annual direct debit* 2021/22||Monthly*||Card payment 2021/22|
|Individual subscriber (UK)||n/a||£42.00||£3.50||55.75|
|Individual subscriber (non-UK)||n/a||£117.80||£9.81||£131.50|
|Corporate subscriber (UK)||n/a||£76.00||£6.33||£89.75|
|Corporate subscriber (non-UK)||n/a||£152.50||£12.70||£166.25|
* Includes £13.75 discount for payment by direct debit
Membership cheque payment changes
The RCSLT is unable to accept any cheque payments due to current social distancing measures.
Contact our membership team by email or call 0207 378 3011 to arrange to pay by debit or credit card, or to set up a direct debit payment.
Coming to work in the UK
Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Registration with the HCPC is a legal obligation if you want to work as an SLT in the UK.
You must be registered with the HCPC before you apply for membership of the RCSLT.
SLTs from Ireland, USA, New Zealand, Australia or Canada
You can apply to become a member of the RCSLT if you are a member of a professional association within the Mutual Recognition of Credentials Agreement (MRA).
To become a certified member of the RCSLT (CertMRCSLT), you will need to:
- provide your HCPC registration details (number and date of registration)
- request a letter of good standing from your professional association if it is in the MRA, which will be need to be posted directly to the RCSLT
- meet the individual professional association requirements as described on the RCSLT member application form (MRA) (PDF)
SLTs who are not members of an MRA professional association
You may still be able to join the RCSLT, subject to additional checks.
Overseas qualified practitioners (OQP)
SLTs who have qualified outside the UK may be able to apply for RCSLT membership as overseas qualified practitioners (OQP).
Under current arrangements, OQPs are entered into the supervised category of RCSLT membership when they first join.
Before being given certified RCSLT membership, these entrants to the profession are expected to:
- complete up to one year in a clinical setting under supervision
- complete the OQP competency-based framework
This timeframe is a guide and may vary according to the individual.
To become an OQP member of the RCSLT, you need to:
- be registered with the HCPC and meet certain minimum threshold standards before you can apply for RCSLT membership
- provide a copy of your SLT degree/qualification certificate and a reference from your supervisor as described on the RCSLT member application form (non-MRA) (PDF)
OQP competency-based framework
This competency-based transitional framework for OQPs sets out a balanced set of clear expectations and standards. The framework can be used to support learning and development specific to practice in the UK context.
It will also support you with your continuing professional development (CPD) by informing you about the competency framework that underpins the RCSLT CPD requirements.
You can use the RCSLT CPD diary to record your CPD and your progress through the competency framework.
The RCSLT has set standards for the SLT workforce that may exceed the threshold standards set by the regulator (HCPC). The regulatory standards are largely generic and are applied for all allied health professionals.
In order to uphold standards for the SLT workforce, the RCSLT may recommend that additional training be included in the competence framework.